Consider these tips to keep your home safe when you’re away

Going away from home for your vacation? Whether going on a short break or a long visit overseas, you should ensure that your home is in good condition while you are away.  Here are some useful tips to consider before you leave to keep your home safe:

Check for fire hazards

People can sometimes be absent-minded when in a holiday mode, but always double check your house before you leave. A 10- minute thorough check can make all the difference in preventing fire incidences. Faulty electrical appliances are common causes of fire in the house.

  • Unplug unessential electrical appliances from the socket, especially TVs, laptops, microwaves, iron, washing machines, kettles, lamps, phone chargers and other devices which do not require electricity.
  • Turn off your LPG cylinder.
  • Although not necessarily a fire hazard, but a financial one – check that you have switched off all lights before leaving.

Flood-proof the house

Coming back from a great holiday to a flooded home is a costly nightmare you want to avoid. Water damage can affect your walls, furniture and can leave a lingering damp smell in the house.

  • Turn off the water outlet connecting to your washing machine.
  • Inspect your water pipes and water tank before leaving.
  • If you are certain there might be heavy rainfall, sandbag doorways and entrances.
  • Clear the drainage close to your home.
  • Double check that you have turned off all taps.

Keep your house safe from burglary

Unfortunately, once you leave your home for a period of time, your house can become a target for burglary. There are simple things you can do to keep your house safe, as well as long term ones.

  • Install a security system in your home, along with burglars bars.
  • Ask a close family or friend to house sit for you.
  • Inform a trusted neighbour of your absence and kindly ask if they can keep an eye out for you.
  • Lock all your doors and ensure all windows are closed.
  • Fix any loose locks or windows before leaving.

Your house is your most important asset. While you fly off for a well-deserved break, make sure your home insurance is up-to-date. If you don’t have one, call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc for more information.

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